The Sunday Recipe: Cider Syrup

I adapted this recipe from one in the The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook: More Than 100 Delicious Apple Recipes by Brenda Palmer Michaels (Agate Surrey Publishing, 2016) and available for sale on for just $19.51 at the time of this writing. Their fantastic recipe for donuts is even in this cookbook.

The book had caught my eye while walking through my library for two reasons – one, we love apples and go through a lot of them, and two, I was saddened to learn some months ago that the cider mill, north of Oneonta, NY, and just west of Cooperstown, would be closing. The owners were retiring. I grew up in a small town nearby and went to college at Oneonta State. The cider mill is a fantastic vacation spot with a wonderful gift shop, animals to see, great food, and just a really fun time at a great price.

I went back to their Facebook site to check on when exactly they had closed and found . . . they are reopening under new management! 😊 I highly recommend checking it out.

I chose this recipe to try because I had a container of cider in the fridge that my daughter wasn’t drinking and I thought the syrup would go well on the oatmeal pancakes or waffles I am trying to perfect.

I also ended up using half the batch I made on a fresh pork roast I seared and put in the slow cooker. I was surprised at just how much flavor it imparted, it was delicious. My daughter said it smelled like Thanksgiving. I couldn’t figure out what she meant until I took a bite. It is VERY reminiscent of the maple sweet potatoes my sister brings every year.

I can’t wait to try this on pancakes.

Cider Syrup


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Combine the cider, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a medium saucepot and whisk to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Boil gently on medium heat for about 30 minutes, until reduced by half.
  4. Use over pancakes, waffles, French toast or even meats.

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